Penn FTH25N Fathom Star Drag Reel

Penn FTH25N Fathom Star Drag Reel

by Penn
Price: $219.95
Model
TD Code
Mono Cap. (yds/lb)Braid Cap. (yds/lb)BearingsMax DragGear RatioLine RetrieveWeightPrice
FTH25N
PEN-1019
320/20
290/25
220/30
650/30
450/50
370/65
5+125 lbs6.0:140 in17.9 oz$219.95 USD
The Penn Fathom Star Drag, with the revolutionary Live Spindle design, is the most castable reel in the market place. The improved configuration allows the spool to spin independently of the spindle and pinion gear, which significantly reduces friction experienced from the extreme acceleration of the spool when casting. Other reels using a ''fixed spindle'' design slow the rotation of the spool and reduce casting distance. Additionally the Live Spindle improves the retrieve of the reel because the spindle and pinion do not need to turn relative to each other during heavy loads, unlike a ''fixed spindle'' reels that result in a difficult retrieve and erratic drag.
Penn Fathom Star Drag features:
  • Full metal body and sideplates keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads
  • Machine-cut marine grade bronze main gear with hardened stainless steel pinion
  • Versa-Drag system with HT-100 washers. By rearranging the sequence of the keyed metal washers and eared HT-100 washers the reel can be set up for fishing a wide range of drag settings without additional parts.
  • Live Spindle Design with free floating spool
  • Internally adjustable centrifugal braking system
  • Line Capacity Rings eliminate the question of how muchline you have left when fighting a fish. The three lines on the spool flange let you know when you have 1/3, 2/3 or a full spool of line. These lines also give you a benchmark for backing your superlines with monofilament.
  • 5+1 shielded stainless steel bearing system
  • Instant anti-reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet
5 Stars based on 22 reviews
By William
,
Super Smooth and Ergonomic
January 22, 2020
Use this for Tuna and Yellowtail on the West coast and for replacing some older Sealines. This reel works great super smooth yet similar to the Sealines in the best ways.
By Bear
Philadelphia
Penn FTH25N
January 28, 2019
Very smooth casting and well made reel.
ProsGreat reel for the price with spool spool.
Consnone yet
By KP
NC
Great for surf
June 13, 2018
I have 3 of these. Strong drag and cast a mile. No complaints
By HKJonathan
New York, NY
Good bottom fishing reel
January 9, 2018
Bought it.for bottom fishing and it served that purpose well. Obviously it has no level wind so you will have to pay attention to the line lay will retrieving but otherwise no issues.
By pennfan400
Bradenton, FL
Fast spool great surf reel cast's well
November 23, 2016
I bought these reel for surf fishing on beaches for shark very lively spool but casts really well once you adjust the centrifugal brakes a bit. overall easy to clean loud clicker.
By Augustus
Philadelphia, PA
Great Reel
November 12, 2016
This is a all around great reel from fluke to tog can do it all I now own 4
ProsVery smooth reel well assigned great drag system
ConsNone
By bruce
coleman georgia
great reel!!
May 21, 2016
I got to use it snapper fishing in the gulf and hooked a very large shark 220# ...no problems
It replaced an ageing sealine h600 and i will be replacing the other five sealines also..
ProsGreat feature is defined click on the drag and spool tension knobs Smooth and strong drag presure
Consnone great reel
By Juan
New York
Great reel!
April 1, 2016
I've been using Penn for a long time and they hit a home run with this reel! The Penn Fathom FTH12 has a nice compact feel but loaded with enough power to tackle large saltwater species! Don't let the 6-1 gear ratio fool you, this reel packs a lot of torque. I recently winched in a 4 foot dog fish ( sand shark), 18 pound tog and a 23 pound cod. It handled the fish effortlessly. It's freespool is amazing, makes a great casting reel as well.
ProsCompact, castable, loaded with power.
ConsNone
By Michael
Pelham, NY
Great Bass/Blackfish reel
March 25, 2016
Use this reel for both Blackfish and Bassing on a Lamiglass rod - the reel is like butter, drag is great and completely capable of handling big Togs or 30+ lb bass.
By Jesse
Nipomo CA
Great reel for the price !!!
March 2, 2016
Smooth drag with plenty of power.
ProsIts all good
ConsGot nothing
By Tony
Pasadena, MD
Nice Conventional reel
December 1, 2015
Great reel for inshore fishing. Has a stronger drag system then the Squalls for fighting larger fish. Reel is smooth and handle is position nice for cracking down while fighting the fish.
ConsPrice
By Alan B.
NYC
Solid
September 28, 2015
Was pleased with weight, size and solid drag system. Bought for Blackfishing but broke in on sea bass and summer codfish. A lot of guts for a small non metal real. Looks like good value at this $$.
ProsLight weight but feels solid.
ConsNot yet
By Michael
Boynton Beach, FL
Sick reel
April 28, 2015
Good for bottom and live bait
By cristian
Lake worth, FL
trolling reel
April 22, 2015
this is my go to trolling reel for big dolphin and tuna in south florida
By Michael
Ottawa, Ontario
Great reel! Hesitation from free-spool into gear = normal
February 3, 2015
I got the Penn Fathom 15 star drag, and I am real pleased with it! Had to buy it online, so never had the reel in hand before I ordered it. The local stores don't carry ANY salt water products here....
Anyway, the reel feels really solid, a touch heavy, but that's to be expected with the solid metal frame. I think it will outlast the light weight graphite reel (Squall).

(!) When I got the reel, I played with it for a bit. Engaging the free spool, and than back in gear. And, when I put the reel back in gear.... there is a "grinding" sound feeling almost before it finally clicks into gear. It almost takes for you to reverse the handle to have it "click" back into gear.
So, naturally, I was concerned and called the seller right away, and they were really good and refunded me, and I re-ordered the same reel.

(!) On some of the fishing forums, I brought this issue up. Someone asked me if I had line on the reel when this occurred. I didn't. He said it's normal for that to happen if there is no line or weight/resistance applied. The little bit of weight from the line will make the reel click right back into gear.
Something I din't know and thought of before hearing about it on this forum. Disadvantage of online shopping I guess. So, it's normal. The new re-ordered reel does the same thing,
Prosstrong, solid fast retrieve great casting, with free spindle looks great
Conswish they had a lefty, but can make due Penn should advice about noise and resistance when switching gears without line. Could cause "false-alarms"
1 Question & 1 Answer
bill
from flourtown pa. asked:
July 15, 2014
is fathon25n available in left handed model?
1 Answers
Unfortunately it is not available in left hand retrieve.
Customer Service
on July 15, 2014

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